Always revered as power-packed clash of titans, Indian Premier League is one of the most loved cricket tournaments in the recent. The year 2014 will celebrate the 7th edition of the tournament which is all set to dazzle in full glory from the month of April. It’s to stress here that this time UAE has extended support as the initial host of the tournament where the first 20 matches would be held. The league will return to India early May. Here goes a discussion on some of the significant aspects of Indian Premier League 2014.
Indian Premier League 7 would be kicking off with 8 teams this time- Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi Daredevils, Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings. All the teams, except Delhi Daredevils, retained some of their existing powerful players. The notable retained players, Dhoni , Chris Gayle, Lasith malinga, Sunil Narine, Yusuf Pathan, Gautam Gambhir, Shane Watson, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli etc. 3 of the teams got new captains- Sunrisers Hyderabad (Shikhar Dhawan), Kings XI Punjab (George Bailey) and Delhi Daredevils (Kevin Pietersen).
Indian Premier League 2014 auction took place at Bangalore this February. Each of the franchises had 600 million INR as the starting salary-cap. Three of the squads retained 5 players each and could only buy back a single player with Right to match. On the other hand, as Delhi Daredevils retained none, it could buy back as many as 5 existent players including their new leader Kevin Pietersen- the costliest of foreign cricketers at the auction. All total 154 players were sold at the auction & Yuvraj Singh received maximum bid. Karan Sharma was the costliest player among the uncapped cricketers.
In regards to UAE, the IPL 7 match venues are Abu Dhabi (Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium), Dubai (Dubai International Cricket Stadium) and Sharjah (Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium). The Indian leg of matches would be played at – Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai); Feroz Shah Kotla (Delhi); Punjab Cricket Association Stadium ( Mohali); Eden Gardens ( Kolkata); JSCA International Cricket Stadium ( Ranchi); Sardar Patel Stadium ( Ahmedabad); M. Chinnaswamy Stadium ( Bangalore); Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium ( Hyderabad) ; Barabati stadium (Cuttack) and M. A. Chidambaram Stadium ( Chennai).
IPL 7 would start on April 16 at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium with a match between MI & KKR and finalize on June 1 at Wankhede Stadium.
The IPL enthusiasts waiting to watch the matches live right from the stadium would be glad to know that the game tickets are out for purchase online now. The ticket rates (starting rate) are AED20 (Abu Dhabi), AED30 (Dubai) and UED30 (Sharjah) for single matches and AED30 (Abu Dhabi), AED50 (Dubai) & UED40 (Sharjah) for double-headers. From April 10, the interested spectators can also get their tickets right from the stadium counters.
Delhi Daredevils is surely expecting something really phenomenal this IPL. The team has completely restructured themselves and has even sacrificed star player Virender Sehwag given his unproductive performance last year. If CSK gets to win the IPL trophy this time, Dhoni would be creating history as the captain of the first IPL team with triple win.
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